Extremely happy we chose to do hypnobirthing and extremely happy we had Elida as a teacher. The course was not only really informative but really interesting as well, I feel that we got so much value from the course. As a birthing partner I enjoyed being part of the whole experience and felt it was definitely aimed at both of us. It was also great to pick Elida’s brains on anything to do with birth as she has a vast knowledge and is really easy to talk to. The course has definitely armed us with the tools to achieve a positive birth experience what ever path the birth takes.
I would highly recommend hypnobirthing to anyone especially if you may be nervous about things and especially if you are a dad who is worried about what you can do to help your partner in labour.
I had one of the most amazing experiences with the lovely Elida. Elida has such a warm and welcoming personality Due to time constraints, Elida was able to accommodate my needs by doing a 1 day crash course. In that session I learnt so much which led to me having a positive induction experience, with no pain relief apart from gas and air when it was time to push. I found the breathing techniques very useful and even when at times I lost control (as you do giving birth lol), I found that I was able to always bring myself back in the zone. I would highly recommend Hypnobirthing & Me and may I add, this is my 3rd child so it's definitely useful no matter the number of children you may or may not already have. xx
Thank you for all your help throughout, really couldn't have made it through without you being on the other end of the phone, above and beyond, totally in love with this little thing x
My Epic Birth Story
Hypnobirthing helped me overcome a lot of anxiety about giving birth. It was an epic journey of labour, that’s what I tell everyone. My labour lasted 5 days in all. My birth plan was to have a water birth but my body didn’t have a natural go at this as I had to be induced. I was told two weeks before my due date that the amniotic fluid was low and they wanted to induce straight away. Due to the information I was armed with during my hypnobirthing classes I asked the doctor what my options were, knowing that I was able to ask that question I opted with being monitored instead of going straight for an induction so I could have a go at a natural birth. After a week the baby was doing fine but the fluid was decreasing so we decided to start the process as there was risk of brain damage and still birth so it wasn’t about me anymore. It was about getting our baby into the world safe!
My husband and I started using the hypnobirthing methods immediately, with him reading me some relaxations before we went into the hospital to start the induction. The journey first began with pessary, I could handle these contractions and I thought this is fine my body is starting to do something. 24hours and nothing. Next step is the gel. The gel was much more intense. I used gas and air for this stage and was in a bath, at this point I was praying that my cervix was softening but after 48 hours it hadn’t.
My husband was guiding me the whole way through each stage. We did relaxations and he kept reciting my affirmations to me, preparing me mentally to get through each stage. It was tough, he was my rock.
The next stage after the gel is the balloon. This is to open the cervix so they can get in and break my waters. This was the fourth day. Again Liam helped me relax and get into the zone, I was ready! The midwife then examined me and did a sweep and told me I didn’t need the balloon, I was dialated just enough to have my waters broken. I was so happy my body did something! Next we waited for the labour ward and the next stage is the oxytocin drip so we opted to have the epidural as the midwives had seen the pain I went through with the gel and we decided I’d been through enough, it was time to get all the help on offer. Again liam helped me get into the zone with another relaxation and I read my make shift book of affirmations and I was ready, bring it on! We pumped our favourite band through our speaker and soon it was all over. It was one step closer to meeting our baby.
It got to 2am in the morning on the 5th day and I was examined by the doctor to be told my baby’s heart rate had slowed down a lot and they needed to get it out so offered me a caesarean. Well!!! I quickly said where do I sign and we headed to theatre. I was so happy, I didn’t get annoyed about not being able to birth my baby naturally although I was worried something was seriously wrong. It got to 2:58am and the blue sheet lowered and we seen our beautiful baby. We didn’t know the sex and still didn’t with the cord between its legs...it’s a, it’s A Girl?! Holy moly I cried my husband cried. They took her to the side to check and everything was fine and then she was put on my chest. She’s perfect! What a relief! I don’t know how I could have done it without hypnobirthing, even though I had a c-section in the end and it was fine. I recovered quickly and I’m starting to workout slowly again after 8weeks as I’ll be back to work around November time.
Positive Planned C-Section
I had a really good birth experience. Having a planned section most definitely helped me as I just love being prepared in every way possible. The fasting for 8 hours beforehand was a struggle for me and nearly the worst part of it all being honest! All the nurses and midwives were so helpful and accommodating in every way, so supportive and talked me through everything that they were doing and why. Hypnobirthing is about having a positive birth experience and I didn't think having a cesarean would allow me to do that - but it did. Understanding what hypnobirthing is about before giving birth definitely encouraged me to ask questions. Being in the know and understanding what's going on is definitely a big contributor to staying calm and in control.